Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-8-53 RP-C803, Monday 18 April 1977
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Date:Monday 18 April 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-53
Owner/operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: RP-C803
MSN: 45937/324
Year of manufacture:1968
Total airframe hrs:35862 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 140
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND) -   Japan
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT)
Destination airport:Manila International Airport (MNL/RPLL)
Investigating agency: AAIC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The DC-8 was 1000 m into takeoff, using runway 15L, when it lifted off prematurely. The aircraft banked left, touched down again, veered off the runway and continued 800 m on the sod before coming to rest with the undercarriage and all 4 engines torn off.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Left elevator geared tab drive arm assemblies and elevator gust lock crank assembly had failed.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIC
Report number: Final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


Flight International 14 May 1977 (1298)



photo (c) Mel Lawrence; Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL); August 1968

photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS); 31 January 1976

photo (c) Kjell Nilsson; Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS); 10 July 1974

photo (c) Kazuhiro Kobayashi; Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND); 03 April 1977

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